Magazine article Screen International

Captain America Tops UK Chart

Magazine article Screen International

Captain America Tops UK Chart

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Disney's latest superhero outing posts $10.1m (£6.04m) bow, including previews, to lead the way ahead of stablemate Muppets Most Wanted.

It's a Disney one-two at the top of the UK box office this week, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier in charge.

The latest Marvel Studios outing and second solo venture for the Cap posted a $10.1m (£6.04m) debut from its 536 sites, including $3.1m (£1.85m) in previews. It's worth noting that even The Winter Soldier's $7m (£4.18m) Fri-Sun tally would have seen it chart first.

That result is up on Captain America: The First Avenger's $5m (£3m) UK bow from 470 sites, and The Winter Soldier is likely to top The First Avenger's $15.8m (£9.5m) result by the end of this coming weekend, if not earlier.

In terms of Marvel outings, The Winter Soldier ranks as the fifth best, behind Iron Man 2's $12.8m (£7.7m) debut, which included $1.5m (£877,000) in previews.

Also for Disney, Muppets Most Wanted charted second with a $3.7m (£2.21m) debut from its 515 sites, including $1.7m (£1.03m) in previews. Its Fri-Sun tally of $2m (£1.18m) would have still seen it land second.

That's down on The Muppets' $4.4m (£2.7m) UK debut from 534 sites, without a preview boost, on its way to an excellent $28m (£16.8m). The sequel will have a tough time challenging that, although should receive a boost with the upcoming Easter school holidays.FO

xIt might have dropped from the top spot but The Grand Budapest Hotel fell just 31% in its fourth weekend of wide release with $1.4m (£867,000).

Fox's comedy drama is now up to a terrific $13.3m (£8m) and will surely become director Wes Anderson's best-ever UK performer, topping Fantastic Mr. Fox's $15m (£9.03m) result.

Also for Fox, Starred Up dropped just over 50% in its second weekend, adding $335,000 (£201,000) for $1.8m (£1.06m) to date.

While they won't be included in this weekend's official chart, Rio 2 has $1.1m (£683,000) banked for its opening this week after previews on Saturday and Sunday.STUDIOCANAL

In a market affected by the good weather and two tentpole arrivals, Non-Stop held well in its fifth weekend to take $600,000 (£360,226) from its 328 sites. StudioCanal's high-concept thriller has now amassed $14.6m (£8.7m) and has an outside chance of hitting £10m.

Currently playing in 84 sites, StudioCanal's Under the Skin added $170,000 (£102,031) for $1.4m (£828,405) after three weeks in play. It could still top Birth's $2m (£1.18m) to become Jonathan Glazer's best-ever UK performer. …

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